On average, students who graduate from our MPA Program have a starting salary of $56,000. Seventy-seven percent of our graduates, who do not have employment while pursuing their degree, are employed within 6 months upon graduation. Notable alumni, include, but not limited to:

Local/State Communities

  • Jen Zellmer-Cuersema, UM Athletics Advisor
  • Shyra Scott, Missoula County Clerk & Recording
  • Anne Hughes, Missoula County Communications Director
  • Dayna Swanson, Office of Senator Tester
  • Holly Luck, Office of Senators Melcher, Baucus, and Walsh

Tribal Communities

  • Eldena Bear Don’t Walk, tribal judge, first female Chief Justice of the Crow Tribe
  • Debra DuMontier, Office of Special Trustee for American Indians

Nonprofit/International Communities

  • Deena Mansour, Associate Director of the Mansfield Center
  • Jesse Mahugh, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County
  • Aubrie Lyons, Director of Montana World Affairs Council

Below are internships and jobs available for MPA students. Please review this portion of our website regularly because it is updated often.

  • is a widely used website for finding jobs and career advice for public service and public affairs students and professionals. 
  • Performance Auditor for the Legislative Audit Division in Helena, MT (Deadline to apply: 3-29-19)
    • Applicants can stop by the UM Big Sky Empolyment Fair on March 6th to say hello, ask questions, and drop off resumes (note: they will still need to apply online). Inquiries can also be sent to Joe Murray, Will Soller, or Sarah Carlson, whose emails are in the position description. 
  • University of Montana Positions:
    • Spring 2019 Semester Internship Opportunity: Human Resources Office
      This internship experience will provide the student with valuable experience in human resources management. The student will be tasked with overseeing candidate searches for faculty, staff, and professionals throughout the hiring process from recruitment to selection. Additional tasks will include writing job announcements, posting positions and managing the applicant tracking system, conducting resume reviews of candidates for policy compliance and equal opportunity compliance, review offers, and learn about the employee compensation plans. Student will be required to work 10 hours a week in the HR office for the duration of the semester. The student will be provided a desk space. This is an unpaid internship. However, the experience gained is extremely valuable. If interested, send a resume and cover letter to Marcie Briggs at